Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dreams Do Come True :)

As all of you might know, I love everything K-related; be it K-food, K-culture, K-pop, K-drama and even the Korean language. I have always wanted to experience living in Seoul and I always thought to myself "how nice would it be?" though it has always seem like a very far-fetched dream. But the moment I let my guards down and started chasing after this dream... It seems like as if the universe really did hear me, and has responded by granting me my wish!

YES, I AM GOING TO KOREA!! ✈

Yep, you read that right! To my favourite country! *big grin* Honestly though, I still can't believe it. Even though my air ticket's booked and I'm flying off in a few days, it still feels really surreal. In a good way of course!

I'll be working and attending a Korean language course, both part time, right in the heart of Gangnam. I am needless to say super duper excited!! It is like a dream come true for me.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime that I am so utterly grateful for. I am very, very excited and cannot wait to begin this new adventure! I mean... It's Seoul!!! :D

I won't lie though, taking a big step into the unknown is really nerve-wrecking. I mean, I am moving to foreign country that's entirely new to me, I don't know anyone there, I have got no friends or relatives in Seoul, and I can only speak the very basic Korean. I am terrified, but at the same time really excited to see what the future holds for me. Things really do work out, somehow or rather, don't they?

However as I will be staying in a guesthouse with a small, shared kitchen, I am undeniably a little upset I won't be able to experiment much in the kitchen anymore. πŸ˜”  I cannot imagine 6 months with no baking, but I sure am looking forward to exploring the Korean culture and K-food!!

Naturally, my blog and Instagram account will also take a new direction, focusing on my new journey in Seoul. I hope you'll all still enjoy following my feed as I embark on this next chapter of my life. 😊

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Matcha Chia Pudding

Hello everyone! Sorry it's been a while since I last blogged. I've been really busy packing, unpacking and moving. I finally have some spare time on hand today and was looking back on my photos when I realised I haven't yet shared this recipe which I adore. And no surprises here, of course, it has to be matcha-related again! :P

Here I've got in my beautiful Maxwell & Williams Mansion glassware a mix of textures and colours paired with fresh summer flavours.

It's a base of matcha chia pudding, topped with matcha granola (gifted by the very lovely Lianne), pan-roasted organic coconut chips, fresh strawberries and mango.

Here's the recipe for my matcha chia pudding:

Matcha Chia Pudding
Recipe by The Bakeanista

Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder (I used Zen Wonder's Shizen)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • fresh fruits for garnishing

Method
  1. Combine and mix well all ingredients in a bowl, or like I did in my Maxwell & William stemless glasses. 
  2. Let it soak overnight in the refrigerator. I cling wrap the glasses for hygiene purposes.
  3. Give it a good stir the following morning, and garnish with any topping you like. Enjoy! :)

Garnishing with flowers instantly make everything look that extra bit pretty, don't ya think? Here's an aerial view where you can get a good glimpse of all the toppings.

I invited a good friend over for brekkie and served this. She was going all ohh-and-ahh, saying my matcha chia pudding can be passed off as "cafe quality" both in taste and presentation. Hehe that made me so so happy!

As much as I love eating out and exploring new cafes, brekkie or brunch at home can be just as fun, yummy and pretty too! I had so much fun "plating" this up. This recipe in particular is also really easy to prepare and so delicious too!

As I used a really high quality matcha powder (Zen Wonder's Shizen), the matcha flavour really stood out. The matcha granola with dried blueberries also went really well with this chia pudding as I love the contrasting textures. So I highly recommend you make some the granola ahead of time to go with your chia pudding. :)

I hope you'll enjoy this healthy brekkie as much as I did!

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Bakeanista's Garage Sale

Hi all, as you all know I am moving back to my home country Malaysia. As I had a fully equipped kitchen filled with lots of kitchenware, bakewares, and even props, I unfortunately will not be able to afford to bring them back with me. It breaks my heart to have to let them go but I hope they will go to good hands. :)

If you're interested in any of the items, you may either:
  • email me at thebakeanista@gmail.com 
  • DM me on Instagram (@thebakeanista)

Please quote the item number so it's easy for me to trace it back.

Pick up will preferably be at Docklands. But we may discuss further should you wish to meet in the Melbourne CBD instead.

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Item #AA and AB - Wooden Photoboard - $50 each
I have two photoboards - each board has two different colours/designs on the front and back.
They're both sized 80cm x 40cm.
  • Item AA (left) - The ones on the left have a wooden brown on the front and rustic wooden look on the back.
  • Item AB (right) - Front is white and back is baby blue. The blue is actually much lighter than the pictures in person.

RIGHT: Front of Item AA - wooden brown; LEFT: Front of Item AB - white

RIGHT: Back of Item AA - rustic brown; LEFT: Back of Item AB - baby blue

Item #001 - Kenwood Food Processor & Blender Set (Used) - $60
Comes with all dishwasher safe attachments and user manual


Item #003 - Cast Iron Oval Gratin Dish (Brand New) - $20



Item #008 - Sauce Pourer with Electric Water (Brand New) - $10



Item #011 - Adapt a Bowl Silicone Cups (Brand New) - $10


Item #012 - Owl Vase with display mini roses - $10


Item #024 - Little Miss Sunshine Cup - $5


Item #027 - Incomplete Mini Cookbook Collection - $5
Missing book 7 & 8


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FREE #1 - A pair of Maxwell & Williams Teacups 
(Free with any purchase $15 and above based on first come first serve basis)


FREE #4 - Claypot (Small Size) 
(Free with any purchase of $10 based on first come first serve basis)



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I also have some other miscellaneous household that I need to let go.

Item #101 - Michelle Bridges 12kg Dumbbell Set - $40
Bought at $55, haven't had the chance to use it. Comes in a pair of 1kg, 2kg and 3kg dumbbells with handy storage and a 30 min workout DVD by Michelle Bridges. 


Item #102 - Sunbeam Prosteam 2 Polished Iron - $15
Lightweight and features steam/spray mist settings

Click on 'OLDER POSTS' for more! :)